Transferred Feast of the Annunciation: Let us take Mary’s bearing, and have it be done unto us according to His word

Blessed Feast, everyone!

Every year this feast recalls anew Mary’s reply to God’s angelic messenger: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word.” Every work of the Creator is called to perfection, and perfection consists in obedience. The heavens and the earth inevitably announce the glory of God, but to human beings alone God granted a free will to serve Him. At the Annunciation, the obedience of Mary brought Christ down on earth to save fallen humanity. we, too, are called upon to co-operate with the Creator. The glory of God awaits our human word of obedient consent.

(Today is one of the very few days of the year that the Gospel reading is exactly the same in the TLM and the Novus Ordo. -nvp)

GOSPEL (Luke 1:26-38)
At that time, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” Who having heard, was troubled at his saying and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end.”
And Mary said to the angel: “How shall this be done, because I know not man?” And the angel answering, said to her: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren. Because no word shall be impossible with God.” And Mary said: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word.””

Folks, get right with God. Do what it takes to assume the bearing of “be it done to me according to thy word.” And then live every breath knowing  it might be your last. Love of the Law is the key to knowing and loving God.

For those of you getting stink eye from certain people, simply for noting the fact of the X eclipse today, take note that the Creator of the Universe, in the 14th verse of Scripture, told us why He created the Sun and the Moon:

“And God said: Let there be lights made in the firmament of heaven, to divide the day and the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years.” – Gen 1:14

To know Him is to love Him.





One thought on “Transferred Feast of the Annunciation: Let us take Mary’s bearing, and have it be done unto us according to His word”

  1. Great point, about God using the sun and moon for signs, AS HE SAID. People get so nutty, we’re on one side of the other in extremes, signs read (by us) mean this or that, signs mean nothing, you get too worked up, etc.
    Few seem to be informed by faith and reason, or with sufficient sense of moderation and just plain trust in God.
    Everyone who is Catholic should be in a state of grace with God, confession, repentance, and living according to His plan for life that is made so plain in scripture and which reveals itself to a sincere Christian if they are so inclined as to want to live it. We will be reading the gospel passage you have highlighted today. What a day this is, there is something about it that is extraordinary. God be with you and all.

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